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LEICESTER TO BE AN OLYMPIC 'SUPPORTING CITY'

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Leicester City Council has accepted an invitation from the British Olympic Association to become one of the first o...
Leicester City Council has accepted an invitation from the British Olympic Association to become one of the first official local authority 'supporting cities' to partner the BOA Passport Scheme. The agreement means Leicester City Council will provide free access to local training facilities for future Olympic athletes from Leicester and surrounding areas.

John Mugglestone, cabinet link for regeneration and culture said: 'This training support scheme could link us even more closely to the London games, and help support local young athletes who might be taking part in 2012 or even sooner in Beijing in 2008'.

The BOA Passport Scheme offers the top 2000 athletes across the UK a package of benefits which support their sporting and personal life. National sports governing bodies are asked to nominate sportsmen and women who they believe would benefit from the scheme. This could mean that over 50 young people living in Leicester and Leicestershire will be able to train free of charge at locations local to them. They will also have access to BOA specialist facilities across the UK.

Graham Newsom, director of communications at the BOA said: 'We are very grateful to Leicester City Council for their support for our Passport Scheme. We hope that our future Olympians local to this area will now benefit from the council's generosity and go on to achieve their Olympic dream'.

Leicester has had a number of prominent Olympic and Paralympic athletes including Jayant Mistry, Daniel Greaves and Kerry Williams.

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